Agricultural Producers and the Sage-Grouse Recovery Strategy
Successful recovery of the Sage-Grouse requires involvement of agricultural producers, local stakeholders and governments at all levels. For its part, the Government of Canada starts with developing a Recovery Strategy. The Recovery Strategy is a planning document that describes current scientific knowledge on threats to species and identifies critical habitat needed for the survival and recovery of the Sage-Grouse. The Recovery Strategy also identifies measures that could be taken to help stop the decline of Sage-Grouse. Voluntary stewardship actions by agricultural producers are important to Sage-Grouse recovery, and assistance is available from the Government of Canada to support activities recommended in the Recovery Strategy.
The Recovery Strategy for the Greater Sage-Grouse in Canada:
- The Recovery Strategy is a planning document that makes general recommendations on what should be done to stop the decline of this species in Canada and to reach the long-term population objective.
- The Recovery Strategy describes what should be done if Sage-Grouse are to recover in Canada but does not regulate or prohibit activities. This planning document is not a regulation, it contains no legal prohibitions, and it is not legally enforceable.
- The Recovery Strategy also outlines a wide variety of factors (both natural and human-associated, imminent and long-term) in the Sage-Grouse’s environment that likely need to be managed to allow the species to reach the long-term population objective.
- This document identifies the habitat (on provincial and federal Crown land and private land) that is critical for the species to reach the long-term population objective.
- The Recovery Strategy informs the supported voluntary stewardship actions that will be the primary effort to achieve survival and recovery of Sage-Grouse in Canada. Assistance is available to support specific voluntary stewardship activities.
The Recovery Strategy describes what should be done if Sage-Grouse are to recover in Canada but does not regulate or prohibit activities.
|Emergency protection Order||Recovery Strategy|
|Is it enforceable?||Yes||No|
|How much habitat is included?||1672 km2||2812 km2|
|Is private land included?||No||Yes|
|What activities are addressed?||Activities that may adversely affect the species and the habitat of the species||General description of the research and management activities needed to meet population objectives|
|Is grazing included?||No||Yes. Long-term overgrazing is listed as a potential factor in certain locations within Sage-Grouse habitat.|
|Are there any plans to change the Emergency Protection Order or the Recovery Strategy?||No. There are no plans to expand the scope of the Emergency Protection Order. An amendment would be required to change the Emergency Protection Order.||Yes. Recovery strategies are reviewed every five years.|
|Are funds available to assist in making my fences Sage-Grouse friendly and for other stewardship actions?||Yes||Yes|
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